The Great British Bake Off (series 1)

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The Great British Bake Off Series 1
Presented by Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Judges Mary Berry
Paul Hollywood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Richard McKerrow
Editor(s) Victoria Watson
Location(s) Cotswolds
Scone Palace
Sarre Windmill, Kent
Fulham Palace
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 17 August 2010 (2010-08-17) – 21 September 2010 (2010-09-21)
Followed by Series 2

Series 1 of The Great British Bake Off, aired on BBC 2 saw ten home bakers take part in a bake-off to test every aspect of their baking skills as they battled to be crowned the Great British Bake Off’s best amateur baker. Each week the nationwide tour saw keen bakers put through three challenges in a particular discipline. The rounds took place in various locations across the UK following a theme, for example, the episode on puddings would take place in Bakewell, bread baking would take place near Sandwich.[1][2] This first series had a voiceover by Stephen Noonan; for the subsequent series this role was taken by the on-screen presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. The competition was won by Edd Kimber.[3][4][5]

The Bakers[edit]

Baker Age Occupation Hometown
Annetha Mills 31 Full Time Mum Romford, Essex
David Chambers 31 Entrepreneur Milton Keynes
Edward Kimber 24 Debt collector for Yorkshire Bank Bradford
Jasminder Randhawa 45 Assistant Credit Control Manager Birmingham
Jonathan Shepherd 25 Research Analyst St Albans
Lea Harris 51 Midlothian, Scotland
Louise Brimelow 44 Police Officer Manchester
Mark Whithers 48 Bus Driver South Wales
Miranda Gore Browne 37 Midhurst, West Sussex
Ruth Clemens 31 Poynton, Cheshire

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6
Edd Kimber Winner
Ruth Clemens Runner Up
Miranda Gore Browne Third place
Jasminder Randhawa OUT
David Chambers OUT
Jonathan Shepherd OUT
Annetha Mills OUT
Louise Brimelow OUT
Lea Harris OUT
Mark Whithers OUT

Colour key:

     – Baker got through to the next round
     – Baker was eliminated
     – Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated
     – Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week
     – Baker was the series runner-up
     – Baker was the series winner


     Baker eliminated      Winner

Episode 1: Cakes[edit]


Baker Signature
(Victoria Sandwich)
(Chocolate celebration cake)
Annetha Light Jamaican Black Cake
with Strawberries and Cream
David Chocolate Orange Cake 3 Black Forest Floor Gateaux
with Chocolate Leaves, Chocolate Mushrooms
and Fallen Fruit
Edd Caramel Cinnamon and Banana Cake 1
Jasminder Hummingbird Cake
with fresh Mango and Passion Fruit
Jonathan Carrot Cake
with Lime and Cream Cheese Icing
Lea Cranberry and Pistachio
with Orange Flower Water Icing
10 Chocolate, Raspberries and Cream
with Fresh Fruit
Louise Carrot and Orange Cake N/A 'Never Fail' Chocolate Sponge Cake
with Fresh Fruit
Mark Sticky Marmalade Tea Loaf N/A Chocolate and Beetroot Cake
Miranda Brownie Meringue Cake
with Raspberry Cream
8 Chocolate Fudge Cake
Ruth Lemon Drizzle Cake
with Fresh Cream and freshly made Lemon Curd
N/A Chocolate Sponge wrapped in a Chocolate Collar
with white and Dark Chocolate Truffles

Episode 2: Biscuits[edit]

Scone Palace, Perthshire

Baker Signature
(Petit fours; Meringues, Choux pastry and Macarons)
Annetha Rose Petal Shortbread 7
David Cheddar Cheese and Rosemary Oatcakes 8 Choux Swans and Profiteroles
Edd Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 6
Jasminder Millionaires' Shortbread 2 Meringues with Chocolate and Space Dust
Coffee flavoured Choux Buns
Jonathan Ginger and Honey Cookies 1 Meringue with Whiskey Cream
Louise Stained Glass Window Shortbread 4 Strawberry and Cream Meringues
Miranda Iced Vanilla Biscuits 3 Pistachio Macarons
Ruth Peanut Shortbread with
Salted Peanut Caramel
5 Almond Macaron with Violet Cream
Raspberries and Cream Choux Buns

Episode 3: Bread[edit]

Sarre Windmill, Kent

Baker Signature
(12 sweet and 12 savoury rolls)
David Chilli Bread 4 Walnut and Seed Roll, Red Berry and Almond Bun
Edd Olive Bread with Fennel and Cummin 1 Tomato and Mozzarella
Jasminder Focaccia stuffed with Sundried Tomatoes and topped with Chargilled Peppers 5
Jonathan Anchovy, Sweet Paprika and Oregano Bread 6 Lemony Honey Bun, Olive and Anchovy Roll, Sundried Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs Roll, Walnut and Apple Roll, Chelsea Bun
Miranda Walnut and Apricot Bread 3 Lemon Iced Buns, Chocolate and Orange Buns
Ruth Maple and Pecan Bread 2 Chocolate and Orange Panetonne, Cranberry Bagels

Episode 4: Puddings[edit]

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Baker Signature
(Hot Lemon Soufflé)
(3 Puddings; crumble, bread and suet)
David Apple & Blackberry Crumble, Rhubarb & Orange Betty, Suet Crust-Wrapped Pear
Edd Apple & Cinnamon Crumble, Nutella & Brioche Pudding, Rhubarb & Strawberry Suet Layer
Jasminder Apple & Pineapple Crumble, Bead & Butter Pudding, Treacle Suet Pudding
Miranda Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble, Queen of Puddings, Chocolate & Suet Roly Poly
Ruth Apple & Ginger Cumble, Cherry Queen of Puddings, Rhubarb Suet Crust

Episode 5: Pastry[edit]

Mousehole, Cornwall

Baker Signature
(Cornish pasties)
(Pastry canapés)
Edd Chicken, Ham, Leek and Tarragon Pie 2
Jasminder Chicken and Mushroom Pie 4
Miranda Summery Salmon, Cod and Prawn Fish Pie 1
Ruth Minced Beef Pie 3

Episode 6: Tea Party (Final)[edit]

Fulham Palace, London

Baker Signature
(Professional Cupcakes)
Technical Showstopper
(Petit fours)
Edd Cinnamon and Banana Cake N/A 24 of each previous baked treats
Miranda Lemon Cupcake N/A N/A - Already Eliminated
Ruth Mint, Ginger and Blackberry Cake N/A 24 of each previous baked treats

Post show career[edit]

After winning the competition, Edd Kimber is able to make his living from baking.[6] He has written two books on baking, The Boy Who Bakes and Say It With Cake.[7] His third book, Patisserie Made Simple: From Macaron to Millefeuille and More, is due to be published on 16 October 2014.

Ruth Clemens has written a number of books on cake making and baking, including Busy Girls Guide to Cake Decorating, The Pink Whisk Guide to Cake Making, The Pink Whisk Guide to Baking and Creative Éclairs.[8][9]

Miranda Gore Browne wrote a book, Biscuit, published on 5 April 2012.[10]

The Great British Wedding Cake[edit]

In this one-off special edition on the series, the three finalists from series one (Edd, Ruth and Miranda) returned once more. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry set them the ultimate challenge, to make and bake two spectacular Wedding Cakes each in just 16 hours, one being traditional and the other contemporary. Paul and Mary explore the history of the Great British Wedding Cake, looking at the dramatic changes through the eras; from the Tudors and the Victorians, wartime Britain and the eighties to the present day. Although Paul and Mary judged the results, no individual winner was declared.


Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[11]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers BBC Two Weekly Ranking
1 17 August 2010 (2010-08-17) 2,240,000 7
2 24 August 2010 (2010-08-24) 2,996,000 3
3 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31) 3,003,000 2
4 7 September 2010 (2010-09-07) 2,602,000 4
5 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 3,029,000 1
6 21 September 2010 (2010-09-21) 2,752,000 1


Episode Airdate Total Viewers BBC Two Weekly Ranking
The Great British Wedding Cake
20 April 2011 1,600,000 19